The Bays Brewery team. Picture: Andy Styles
Torbay-based Bays Brewery is toasting its tenth anniversary in style with the news that it has been awarded a top accolade for one of its multi-award-winning ales.
Devon Dumpling beer has been voted CAMRA South West Winner 2017, with it now set to compete for the title of Champion Beer of Britain 2018.
To add to its awards streak, the brewery’s latest creation, Devon Rock Craft Lager, has also been shortlisted as product of the year in the 2017 Devon Life Awards.
The news comes in the same month that Bays Brewery revives one of its first and most successful ales to date to mark a decade of being on the beer scene.
Launched in 2007, Bays Breaker makes a welcome return to taps this month and provides discerning drinkers with a tasty trip down memory lane. The popular beer is just one of many that the team have brewed over the last ten years, including three permanent ales — Gold, Topsail and Devon Dumpling — and seasonal brews.
Devon Rock Craft Lager has taken the pub scene by storm since its launch earlier this year, says Bays, earning it silver at the 2017 regional SIBA awards.
Bays Brewery director, Peter Salmon, said: “We are hugely proud to be toasting ten years and our success at the CAMRA South West Awards is confirmation that we continue to be as passionate as ever at brewing the best beers in the South West.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our customers and beer fans who have supported us, and here’s to many more years of top-quality ales brewed right here in Torbay.”
About Bays Brewery
The family-run brewery was launched by family members Will Freeland, Mark Salmon and Peter Salmon in June 2007, with a 20-barrel brew plant installed in Aspen Way, Paignton.
The first two brews, Best and Gold, proved a hit among pub-goers seeking a Torbay tipple to quench their thirst, and a string of other ales quickly followed suit.
In addition to its award-winning beers, Bays champions the local community by sponsoring a wealth of Torbay events, including the Occombe Beer Festival, Dartmouth Music Festival, Brixham Pirate Festival, Fishstock and Brixfest.
The brewery has also raised more than £12,000 for wildlife conservation to date through its work with Paignton Zoo, for which is has created three limited-edition beers, including Crocod’ale, which was launched in May this year.